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PHP 5 Power Programming by Derick Rethans, Stig Sæther Bakken, Andi Gutmans

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10.1. Introduction

This book mentioned PEAR a few times in the preceding chapters. PEAR, short for PHP Extension and Application Repository, is a package system for PHP. During version 4 of PHP, the number of users exploded, and so did the number of code snippets you could download from different web sites. Some of these sites offered code that you had to copy and paste into your editor, while others let you download archives with source files. This was useful to many people, but there was a need for a better way of sharing and re-using PHP code, similar to Perl's CPAN.

The PEAR project set out to solve this problem by providing an installation and maintenance tool and code/release management standards. Today, PEAR provides

  • The PEAR Installer ...

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